Furniture Design


18 hours




City Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


Develop your furniture designs from concept sketch to producing full documentation. Your design will be realised either by building a scale model or a 1.1 prototype. You will use Google SketchUp to produce 3D views and a combination of model making materials to produce a physical model. Learn the furniture design process and get an overview of both historical and contemporary designers and makers, both local and global. This includes presentation and display of all work produced within the course.

Course content 

  • Course overview/introductions
  • Present and explore development of concept
  • Design Development through drawing and model making
  • Introduction to materials
  • Furniture Design - Historical overview
  • Documentation of idea in 2 and 3D using SketchUp or manually
  • Build a scale model
  • Workshopping project
  • Furniture design - Contemporary overview, photographing work and final display


There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

How to enrol

More details


No prior knowledge or experience in design is necessary for this introductory course. A strong interest in design and a commitment to achieving the best outcome will be beneficial.

Materials supplied

Materials required for the course will be provided. All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises.

Materials to bring

Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking.

Additional notes

Malcolm Thomas trained in 3Dimensional design specialising in furniture design. He has experience in Interior design and runs an agency that provides exhibition and object design services


By the end the course you will have a better understanding of furniture design processes materials. You will have gained skills in drawing both by hand and using Google SketchUp, measuring, working to scale, model making, photographing and presenting your design. You will have an expanded knowledge about the industry both locally and internationally.

Upon finishing the course you will receive a RMIT Certificate of Completion. You can use this as a record to demonstrate the outcomes covered in the course.

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